Home, Garden, and DIY
The New Gardener's Handbook: Grow a Beautiful & Bountiful Garden... by Daryl BeyersWhat it is: an appealingly comprehensive overview of gardening basics that encourages the use of both science and intuition by a New York Botanical Garden instructor.
Want a taste? "Gardeners grow by gardening, and to become a true gardener you must also learn to have fun in the garden."
Don't miss: the Gardener's Glossary sidebars; the detailed photos, illustrations, and diagrams.
From Freezer to Cooker: Delicious Whole-Foods Meals for the Slow Cooker... by Polly Conner and Rachel TiemeyerWhat's inside: versatile, freezer-friendly recipes for busy households featuring non-processed meals that can be made in either a slow cooker or an Instant Pot; tips for freezing and basics for using the appliances.
About the authors: Polly Conner and Rachel Tiemeyer are popular bloggers and the authors of From Freezer to Table.
Recipes include: Peanut Butter Cup Steel Cut Oats; Denver Omelet Casserole; Pizza Soup; Chicken Philly Subs; BBQ Baby Back Ribs.
Half the Sugar, All the Love: 100 Easy, Low-Sugar Recipes for Every Meal of the Day by Jennifer Tyler Lee and Anisha I. Patel, MD, MSPHWhat's inside: a primer on the problems of added sugar and how to reduce it; 100 family-friendly, low-sugar recipes that often use fruits and vegetables for sweetness; nutritional information for each dish.
Recipes include: Strawberry Toaster Pastries; Blueberry Scones; Sloppy Joes; Shrimp Pad Thai; BBQ Chicken Pizza; Apple Crisp; Red Velvet Cupcakes; Chocolate Pudding; Ketchup; Newtella.
Martha Stewart's Organizing: The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home & Routines by Martha StewartWhat it is: a practical, beautifully photographed how-to guide for organizing not only your home, but also your life, using routines and monthly checklists and offering hundreds of ideas, projects, and tips that cover cooking, home care, gardening, scheduling, and more.
Why is it a good thing? It's lovely to look at, wonderfully organized, and includes a few surprises, such as recipes and crafts.
Beeswax Alchemy: How to Make Your Own Candles, Soap, Balms, Salves, and... by Petra AhnertWhat's inside: a short history of beeswax, information about the different types of beeswax, and instructions for making a variety of items, including candles, bars, balms, creams, home products, and art.
Projects include: Hand-Dipped Taper Candles; Lip Gloss; Rosebud Salve; Honey and Beeswax Soap; Solid Wood Polish; Waxed Fabric.
Did you know? Beeswax is made up of least 284 different compounds and, just like honey, varies based on location.
The Bee Book by Fergus ChadwickWhat it is: a wide-ranging overview of bees that also provides instructions for starting backyard honeybee hives, plus details about bee-friendly plants, creating bee "hotels," and using beeswax to make items like home remedies, candles, and beauty treatments.
Who it's for: The accessible writing, color photos, and informative diagrams make this a good bet for both bee-loving adults and older kids.
The Bee-Friendly Garden: Design an Abundant, Flower-Filled Yard That Nurtures... by Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhnWhat it is: a practical and insightful volume to creating your own bee garden that covers "super bloomers," seasonal progression, nest boxes, and more by garden designer Kate Frey and biologist Gretchen LeBuhn.
Read this next: Alethea Morrison's Homegrown Honey Bees, if you're ready to branch out to apiculture.
The Fresh Honey Cookbook: 84 Recipes from a Beekeeper's Kitchen by Laurey MastertonWhat's inside: Grouped by season, the 84 featured recipes for appetizers, meals, and desserts highlight a delicious array of varietals, from tulip poplar honey in June to orange blossom honey in January.
Did you know? Even the non-honey ingredients in the delectable recipes found here, such as Bacon, Basil, and Tomato Bites or Strawberry-Rhubarb Cream, purposefully utilize foods that couldn't be sustained without the efforts of the valiant honeybee.
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